Day Retreat

Silent Meditation Day at the SFBC

Silent Meditation Day June 25th, led by Mokshasi

You are invited to join us at the SFBC for a very simple, silent day of meditation practice.  You can join for the whole day or any portion of it - just please be sure to arrive during a break, as we will be unable to let you in otherwise. 

Meditations will be unguided, just bells, and the opportunity to sit together in our lovely shrine room. 

Postponed: Morning Retreat with Ratnavandana, July 10 9am to 12 noon PDT

Apologies if you received a reminder about this event - sadly it is still postponed and the notice went out by mistake.

We're very sorry to announce that owing to health issues Ratnavandana has had to postpone this day retreat to some time in the fall - we will update this page when we know more.  

Thanks for your patience.

Try to love everything that gets in your way .....  

because if something is in your way it is

going your way, the way

The Heart's Depths, with Tejananda

Saturday February 5, 10am to 12 noon

Tejananda invites us to explore the qualities of love and compassion in their depths through meditation, discovering what is readily available to us when we are grounded in our senses and able to "look" at our experience in particular ways. 

The morning will include Tonglen compassion meditation.

Creative Meditation, with Vajradharshini

Mountains are Mountains Again

wabi sabi and the notion of a ‘modest awakening’

“Before one studies Zen, mountains are mountains and waters are waters; after a first glimpse into the truth of Zen, mountains are no longer mountains and waters are no longer waters; after enlightenment, mountains are once again mountains and waters once again waters.”

— DOGEN

What is awakening? 

Weekend Retreat online with Bodhipaksa: Abiding in Peace, Here and Now

Saturday and Sunday June 13 and 14, 9am-12pm both days

Abiding in Peace, Here and Now, with Bodhipaksha

Following a transformative retreat in April, Bodhipaksa will introduce further radical yet simple approaches to meditation that allow experiences of peace, joy, and calmness to unfold effortlessly within us. These tools are accessible regardless of whether or not you attended his first retreat.

Meditation Morning with Tejananda: Body, Heart, Love

Body - Heart - Love

Metta is unconditional and, ultimately, unconditioned love. Even though we learn to cultivate metta through phrases and imagination, it is by nature a quality or expression of our whole being. If we open to metta through the 'aliveness' of our body and heart (soma) it opens out and finds its true nature and home. We'll explore this, in practice, during this Saturday morning.